Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: COVID-19 support for South Australians

27 July 2021

Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie

Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience
Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education

Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

South Australians whose income or hours of work have been impacted by the current lockdown will be able to claim COVID-19 Disaster Payment from tomorrow.

Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie said people may be eligible if they’ve been affected by extended lockdowns.

“People may be eligible for a payment of $375 if they have lost between 8 and less than 20 hours, or a full day of work or $600 if they have lost 20 or more hours.” Minister McKenzie said.

“The payment will be available to anyone who lives or works in South Australia, and anyone who has visited a Commonwealth-declared COVID-19 hotspot.”

Minister for Government Services Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC is encouraging people to use their myGov accounts to claim quickly and easily online.

“South Australians are encouraged to claim online, so phone lines are available for people who need extra support,” Minister Reynolds said.

“Thousands of Services Australia staff have been mobilised in support of the COVID-19 Disaster Payment and stand ready to assist South Australians.

“Services Australia has so far granted more than 882,000 claims for the COVID-19 Disaster Payment to people in NSW and Victoria, totalling more than $451 million.

“Payments are mostly being made within one business day and in some instances as soon as 40 minutes.

“Eligible people will be back-paid to the start of the lockdown.”

More information about financial support available to South Australians, and how to claim, is available at: servicesaustralia.gov.au/covid19disasterpayment

Page last updated: 27 July 2021